Archaeologist reflects on ‘excellent’ Glencoe Massacre dig

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Archaeologists are celebrating this week following a successful excavation at the site of the Glencoe Massacre, writes Lewis Robertson.

The NTS began excavating Achtriachtan last week, one of the seven sites where the Glencoe Massacre of 1692 took place, with Head of archaeology for the National Trust for Scotland, Derek Alexander, on site throughout.

Speaking to the Lochaber Times, Mr Alexander described the week as ‘a very productive experience’ and the involvement with the public was ‘excellent’, adding that the dig was ‘important on many levels’ and that it helped to add to their understanding of the people who lived in Glencoe during that period.

The dig attracted people from around the UK and some even travelled from France. Photograph: National Trust for Scotland.

He said: ‘We know that, apart from one unfortunate and elderly individual, the people from Achtriachtan escaped the Government troops. Our finds and recordings will be used to shape future interpretation.’

The dig attracted people from around the UK, with some even travelling from France.

Mr Alexander continued: ‘The engagement we have in events like this, where we can involve people directly in the dig and hopefully spark a passion for learning more about Scotland’s story in them, we can’t put a price on these.’

When discussing the possibility of excavating more of these sites in the future Mr Alexander explained that the trust owns a house at Inverigan and that they will ‘probably undertake some survey and investigation at Achnacon in the future’.

There are six more sites in Glencoe that have been left untouched. Achtriachtan is expected to be further excavated later on this year.